The “Beast from the east”, that is how we dubbed this polar air front, has also passed over Cork. It has ended its “race” on Saturday afternoon (3/3/2018) .
Actually, it hit all the country, with heavy snow and temperature dropped to -15 C in some part of Ireland…
It all started in the early morning of Wednesday, with the first snow and the first chill.
I show some images that i took from Wednesday to Friday, the 2-3 days when the blizzard turned the city of Cork and most of the Country like “a white blanket”.
On Thursday morning, even if it was the coldest moment of the “Beast” (-7 Celsius at 10 am) , there was a “shy” sun in the sky and the blizzard has stopped for a while (until mid-afternoon) , so I went for a walk around the city and I took some pretty eloquent images of the effects caused by this current of icy air coming from Siberia .
The path that I made, started from Wilton in the suburbs south west of the city, passing by Lee Fields, up Blair Hill and other high points of the north side, and then descend and return to the Center, entering in Barrack street, passing by the “Lough” and back to Glasheen and then Wilton.
Most noteworthy, it was to see the Lough (the city lake of Cork) partially frozen. It happened very rarely, if I remember well, also on winter 2010, during the heavy snowfall happened in Christmas: the Lough was so much frozen that some people went to ice-skate on it causing the police to arrive on the place and arrest them.
I do not speak only of “visual” effects the Beast, but also and above all of hardships created to the population and the economy: schools closed, companies closed, bus cancelled, several flights cancelled, hence: people stuck at the airport, risk of illness for the weakest people given the literally polar and unusual temperature for the period, supermarkets closed , many shops and business closed, lack of food, (often excessive queues to supermarkets and excessive food looting), damage to the traffic, risk of increased accidents, risk to the houses and electrical and heating systems, etc..etc ..
This Beast affected the whole Island: in Cork we had a maximum level of 15 cm of snow, but in Dublin and surrounding areas it fell a lot. I do not know how much but from what I see, I believe a lot (50+ cm in some parts closest to the mountains: in Blessington, 30 km south west of Dublin, a friend, Martha, showed us quite clear images of how much snow bombarded the town).
The extremely cold air (down to – 7 C here in the city) has ceased now, and when i write, on Sunday morning, there is a light rain with temperatures above zero (3C), but there is still snow on the g round, bringing much damp and risks of flooding in the most sensitive areas (as Lee Fields or city centre quays, e.g).